Clinical work and patient care is an integral part of the NECO experience. The patient care programs at New England College of Optometry began in 1933 with an external clinic at the Harry E. Burroughs Newsboys Foundation. In 1941, the College opened the Massachusetts Optometric Clinic on Commonwealth Avenue. Eventually, this clinic expanded into our current, multi-site clinical subsidiary, New England Eye (NEE).
Established in 1973, the New England Eye network of patient care facilities and clinical education subsidiary of the New England College of Optometry seeks to improve the visual health of diverse populations through excellence in collaborative and community-oriented patient care, education, and research. NEE manages all College-owned patient care operations and maintains liaisons through professional service agreements with other clinical training sites in the Boston area. The network of comprehensive clinics and affiliated health centers that encompass New England Eye help to train optometry students at the College and provide outreach and care in the community.
A Network of Clinical Experiences
Through serving clinical rotations at various locations both within the New England Eye network and beyond, students are able to experience a wide variety of patient care needs through their training while being mentored by experienced clinical faculty from New England College of Optometry. Clinical placements cover a range of different services such as low vision, pediatrics, contact lens and cornea care, vision therapy, low vision rehabilitation, and individuals with disabilities. Students have the opportunity to learn their craft at placements such as:
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